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01-09-2011 12:18 PM
jackdale
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Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Are these the only ways to enter harbors in that part of the world? Not sure I "get it" Why even ride waves across a "bar"?
I would guess that these are dramatic entrances. The well-planned, flat water entrances are too boring to be posted.
01-09-2011 12:18 PM
eherlihy It's done all the time;



- No problem.
01-09-2011 12:15 PM
deniseO30 Are these the only ways to enter harbors in that part of the world? Not sure I "get it" Why even ride waves across a "bar"?
01-09-2011 12:07 PM
jackdale After the an uneventful crossing of the Nahwitti Bar, I made the tongue-in-cheek comment, "That was exciting." One student remarked, "When you do it right, it is boring." I stored that one on long term memory.
01-09-2011 11:57 AM
Boasun One other minor detail that I have noticed happening on bar crossings...
When you have strong conflicting winds & currents you will get a heavy chop that could indanger your vessel if your skills in boat handling are only average.
01-09-2011 10:28 AM
Yorksailor Crossing shallow bars in big waves keel boats have a distressing habit of bouncing their keels on the bottom when they are at the bottom of waves. I saw one in the Bahamas that had driven the keel through the bottom of the boat.

It is essential to judge the wave height, water depth and keel depth.
01-09-2011 08:46 AM
BUDGIE SMUGGLER thanks st anna, not sure about the "only 4 days and nights" to the goldcoast seaway....... i`m having a job staying awake now........(maybe the couple of glasses of wine though) and as for crew.....there is`nt enough room to swing a ships mouse on my little baby, let alone a ships cat.......and the coffin berths (is that what you call them? ) are so full of my stuff and no burley sailor`s are getting in my v berth with me!!!! unless you were suggesting female crew!!! oh no, i`ve had enough, i`m going to bed...goodnight,sweet dreams
01-09-2011 08:08 AM
St Anna Hi Aussie,
OK - There is a lot of things to have the boat ready before you cross. Firstly, pick your weather and stay out or on course up the coast if it is not good.

My advice is "if possible, or ideally"

Only cross at the top or an hour before the top of the tide, in the morning.

I would leave the sails up [reefed]and sail over, with engiine on -

Wash boards in, PFD on, Coast Guard notified.

Saying this,

From where you are, 4 days (and nights) should see you coming across the easiest bar on the coast - the Southport Seaway. I've heard of Houseboats being sucked out the Seawy and being towed back in, so de-stress a bit over that entrance.

The next bar crossing is the Wide Bay Bar, again easier in the right conditions than some in NSW.
01-08-2011 09:09 PM
BUDGIE SMUGGLER denise030.....GULP.... thankfully i dont have to cross bars for a living..... but then again, maybe crossing bars for "pleasure" is worse!!..... i`m on the east coast of australia & i`ve seen many a bar working like this......not for the faint hearted and certainly not for me
01-08-2011 08:54 PM
deniseO30 I'm sure you don't mean something like this
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